Note: this edition of Pakistan Traveller has been superseded by the much-expanded 2017 edition. Click here for the launch of the new book.

Firstly I must begin this article by apologising for the profusion of “I’ve just launched X” posts lately. But to be honest I just can’t help myself, because I’m a little bit excited.

On the 23rd March 2015 I announced what I wished would be the beginning of a new era of hope for Pakistan;s tourism industry, with the official launch of Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya, a travel guidebook for travellers to Pakistan’s more stable and tourist-friendly regions. I chose the date of the 23rd March with a purpose; Pakistan’s Republic Day is second only to Independence Day in terms of national celebratory fervour.

OMG it's tangible!! The first printed copy of Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya

OMG it’s tangible!! The first printed copy of Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya

And so it is on 14th August, Pakistani Independence Day, that I have chosen to officially launch the paperback edition of Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya. Available in markets around the world from US$39.99, the book’s launch as a paperback product is a moment that I had waited for. Always intended as a paperback rather than an e-book, Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya is now available in the medium through which it can be truly utilised “on the road”.

Go your own way! Walking through the Karakoram Range in northern Pakistan

Walking through the Karakoram Range in northern Pakistan

Early sales figures have been promising, which I believe is a reflection of the book’s content which I have faith in; every word, image or map was laid by myself. My good friend and designer Nawaz Khan deserves a mention, as he worked magic with the vision for the cover and overall formatting. CreateSpace, a division of Amazon.com, has done a remarkable job in rendering the book as beautifully and professionally as it is; even I was blown away by the result. And finally, thank you to all those who have supported me and this project along the way; many of you are listed in the credits section of the book itself, many have purchased the book, and more still simply know who they are.

On the beach in Karachi many moons ago, during my first trip to Pakistan in 2006.

On the beach in Karachi many moons ago, during my first trip to Pakistan in 2006.

So where to from here? The Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya website will continue to be maintained and provide up-to-date information for travellers to Paksitan. I have already begun considerations and some preliminary work for a second edition of the book, but you’ll just have to wait to see when and what shape it will take.

Last year my gift to celebrate Pakistan’s 67th year of independence was a Love Letter to Pakistan, translated into Urdu for all to enjoy. This year my gift is not so much for the people of Pakistan, but for the wider world to discover and enjoy.

Welcome to Pakistan. I hope you love it as much as I do.

 

Comments (8)

  • Andrew Reply

    wow! A real, solid book! Fantastic! With you know, actual pages!

    August 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Hehehehe who’da thunk it? :p

      I was a bit worried for a while that my book would only ever be an e-book – but apparently there is still a market for old school folks like us!! 😀

      August 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm
  • Agness Reply

    Let me tell you something Tim – I’m so proud of you and your paperback edition. I know how much effort, heart and time you put into this project and I couldn’t be happier for you!

    August 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Awwwww thank you so much Agness! I feel like I’ve climbed a mountain, and now I’m standing proudly on top. I love Pakistan, and I’m so proud of my book <3 it really means a lot 😀

      August 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm
  • Anna @ shenANNAgans Reply

    I am telling EVERYONE I know about your book. So freakin proud of you my friend. Buying me a copy stat, can/will you sign it for me? Pleeeeaaaase?! 🙂

    August 24, 2015 at 10:29 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Awwwwwww thank you!!! That’s really kind of you 😀 yes absolutely!!! I’d love to sign a copy!!! AND we need macarons :p 😉

      August 25, 2015 at 4:20 am
  • Josh Reply

    I have a friend going to Pakistan in March. I will certainly be putting him on to your book Tim! Congrats on writing a paperback!

    January 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope it’s helpful to him 🙂 if there’s any other way I can help or advise, please send me an email at tim@urbanduniya.com 🙂

      January 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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